SARL Peak Transfer
44a Chemin du Lai
Chamonix Mt Blanc
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A crackling fireplace, pampering couple’s spa treatments, and chilly weather that necessitates hours of cuddling… It’s hard to imagine a more romantic retreat than a weekend spent on the slopes. With an array of enticing options only an hour or two from major international airports, Alpine ski resorts add to their other appeals quick and easy travel, which makes them ideal for a weekend away. While many of the mainstay ski resorts boast a more family-friendly or late-night party vibe, there are still plenty of lesser-known spots that prove perfect for couples seeking quiet repose. From historical and low-key to adrenaline-packed, here, a few of our favourite romantic outposts.
The Italian hamlet of Courmayeur boasts, in addition to its natural advantages, easy accessibility to both Geneva and Turin airports, making it an ideal weekend getaway. The town is close to famous Mont Blanc, and provides access to world-renowned Chamonix via a cable car. Not that you’ll necessarily be tempted to leave Courmayeur’s sunny, South-facing slopes (yes, you’ll get more sun than on the opposite side of the mountains!).
For weekenders, the resort’s small size is, in fact, one of its appeals. You’ll have plenty of time to explore all of the 36km of trails and 64km of off-piste skiing. The resort’s two primary ski areas are Val Veny, which offers mostly blue trails (with a few red and blacks, as well), and Plan Checrouit at a higher altitude, which provides an array of longer trails including reds and blacks. While there aren’t many options here for beginners, there are a few bunny slopes, which are accessible for free.
But perhaps of even greater appeal than the resort’s slopes, is its quaint Italian village; after all, there is a reason Italy is known for its idyllic aspect. After skiing, enjoy an Italian take on apres ski with the traditional aperitivo at Caffe della Posta. For dinner, it would be practically criminal to miss the Michelin-starred Petit Royal Restaurant on your romantic holiday. Chef Mauro Gosio’s contemporary Italian cuisine will delight (but be sure to book in advance!). At the end of your ski weekend, be sure to treat yourselves to a day of relaxation and recovery at QC Terme, where you can indulge in the thermal spas saunas, baths, steam rooms, and spa treatments together.
If the “new money” vibe of some of the splashier ski resorts is a turn-off for you and your beloved, Megève is the ideal alternative. Respect for history and class come through clearly throughout this Medieval village.
While the resort itself is found at a relatively low altitude, it is a part of the Espace Mt. Blanc ski region, so you have easy access to an enormous range of resorts, should you wish to draw yourself away from this magical village. Mont Blanc itself is even accessible via helicopter (and can you imagine a more breath-taking way to begin your day than with an early-morning ride of these stunning peaks?). The resort’s 183 trails are mostly blues and reds, so this is a good choice for beginning and intermediate skiers, though skiers of all stripes will be far from disappointed by the nearly untouched and powdery off-trail skiing.
If you seek dining that is as special as your morning helicopter lift to Mont Blanc, might we suggest Domaine De La Sasse? Here, you’ll enjoy a 5- or 7-course private fine dining experience with the option of exquisite wine pairings. The old farmhouse serves local Savoyard fare with an eye toward preservation of the natural surrounds. For a nightcap, stop by 5 Rues for jazz music and carefully crafted cocktails. From your cosy lodgings at nearby 5-star Flocons de Sel hotel, which is also home to a Michelin-starred restaurant by the same name, you can also try your luck at Megève’s casino if your fancy should keep you indoors rather than out.
The view of the Matterhorn is perhaps the most notable distinguishing feature of Zermatt, but it’s far from the only compelling reason to take a couple’s holiday here. Perfect for adventurous and active pairs, the Swiss resort boasts an awe-inspiring 360km of pistes (including the Italian runs, which are accessible from the resort) and is Europe’s highest ski resort. Did we mention, Zermatt guarantees snow 365 days per year, so you can get the full alpine experience any time of year.
If you and your plus-one can ever drag yourselves away from the slopes, you’ll be well-rewarded for the effort. If you’ve still got the energy for active endeavours, enjoy a range of sporting activities, from snowshoeing to mountain climbing. Or if you’re ready to relax after a day on the slopes, retire to the adults-only Alpine Hideaway Spa where you may also opt to book a private spa.
In-keeping with the theme of novel experiences (after all, what adds more flavour to a relationship?), during a series of special events in Zermatt, you can experience dinner from the other side of the restaurant — the kitchen! Your culinary tour will include 3 different cuisines comprising 4 courses made up of a range of local products. Afterward, take one of the obligatory horse-drawn carriages (no cars allowed here!) to drinks at one of the village’s signature smoking clubs, or enjoy live music at a piano bar. One thing is certain in Zermatt, wherever you turn you’re sure to encounter exciting and enticing surprises.